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Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Passion for Markers Die challenge

Hi folks 

I was helping out in Holly's shop this morning so I'm a bit late sharing this card, which is for our new challenge at Passion for Markers - our lovely Lorraine has chosen a great theme of use die cuts, right up my street.  
We also have a new sponsor for PFM - Alex Syberia Designs and we were able to choose one of their fab images to work with - I just love this gnome line up -it's called Valentine Gnomes Slimline panel but I think it is also perfect for sending anyone a cheer up/thinking of you card - especially with this sentiment from Inkadinkadoo.

Of course there's a few Marianne Designs products used which I've listed below. The Rainbow papers are so pretty!.

Marianne Products Used

Rainbow Paper set - PK9175
Tag Die - CR1510
Grass Die - CR1335
DL Stitched Frame Die Set - CR1537

Other products used - the Sun die is from Lawn Fawn and the clouds are Memory Box.  

The lucky winner of this week's challenge will win a £10 voucher to spend in their digital store so do come and join in - just remember to tell us what markers/pens you've used.
All my teamies at PFM have used an image from Alex so check them out here - gorgeous makes!


Saturday, 28 January 2023

Freida Kahlo No 2

Another Freida Kahlo card and a bit of Mixed Media - I have two S-I-Ls who are both Freida fans.  
An inky background with Distress Inks and Oxides and a little water colouring on top with Arteza brushes The stamp is from Craft Stash and I think the sentiment was a magazine freebie.
You can see my earlier make with this stamp set here,

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, 26 January 2023

New Marianne Products for January

I've been so busy making cards at the minute that I've forgotten to post this one which uses loads of new stash from Marianne Designs.  I made the banking paper using the pretty new floral stamps and matched them with some older ones.  Love the little gardener gnome too.  
My list of products used is below and you can find more details on the Marianne Inspiration blog here.

Marianne Products Used

Mr Garden Gnome stamp and die set – CS1125 - NEW!
Floral Stamps – CS1117/CS1118- NEW!
Colourful Silhouette Floral Stamps – CS1047
Watering Can - LR0792- NEW!
Scalloped Squares Die Frame Set – LR0767
Text Labels – CR1605
Wild Flowers – CR1516/CR1517/CR1529
Design Papers- Rainbow – PK9175

Thanks for popping by.


Wednesday, 18 January 2023

New Marianne products for January

I made this card today to showcase this beautiful flourishy, foliage die released by Marianne Designs this month.  I also made a couple of background mats use some leaf stamps that I heat embossed with translucent embossing powder and then sprayed with Distress Oxide sprays.  However, as you can see I then proceed to cover most of this up but still like the overall effect.  I do love the barely there oval behind the foliage which I stamped with Spun Sugar Distress Ink pad- it's so soft but gives a gently frame for the stem.

Full list of stash used below.

Marianne Products Used

Rectangle foliage frame die - LR0788 -  NEW!
Silhouette oval background stamp - CS1123 - NEW!
Foliage Stem stamp - CS1117
Text Label die set - CR1605
Vase Die Set - LR0694
Sentiment - Art Stamp sets - MM1639

Happy Hump Day!


Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Going Dotty at PFM

Today’s card is for our new Going Dotty challenge at Passion for Markers-as chosen by our lovely Lorraine.  The sponsor is All Dressed Up so you can see lots of fab makes with their images on the challenge blog here.  And if you join in you could be the lucky winner  of two of their fab digis-this one is Prosecco. 

I used these gorgeous old  Basic Grey PB&J papers as I love the colours.  And of course a list of Marianne products below -isn’t this new Rectangle die pretty!

Marianne Designs Products Used

Picot Edge Small Rectangle Set -  CR1613 -NEW!
Text Labels - CR1605
Cheers Sentiment Set - CS1057

So you have a week to join in using any kinds of dots you like-papers, image, background-limitless!!  And you can use any type of marker-but please let us know in your post which ones!!

Happy Tuesday folks.


Sunday, 15 January 2023

Crochet Bags

I've been busy making these bags out scrap yarn (well initially) and made four before Christmas for presents and this one is my latest for myself.   I followed this free pattern here on My Poppet Makes and also got some help from FB!  They're a lovely thing to make of an evening as it doesn't take much concentration - the whole thing is worked in a spiral.  And once you get the pattern basics, you can pretty much make all sorts of containers. 

The one above was for Harry and the one below for Emily.  As you can see these all turned out slightly differently!!

The one below was for Holly and I think I didn't follow the measurements correctly but it still looks nice with a pot in it!

And I hadn't intended to make one for Violet but she saw the first one I made and asked for it, hence the first one at the top of this post is my latest for me!!

Holly has asked if I could make some smaller bowl sized ones for her shop so watch this space!


Saturday, 14 January 2023

Whale Card - Emily

This is my birthday card for Emily who loves the sea, water and dolphins and whales!  I made the background first with a bit of spritzing of distress spray pains, then added some Gesso through a Lavinia mask.  Added a few Lavinia fish stamps and then cut out the matt with a Marianne DL Distress Edge die - CR1569. 

Can't believe my baby is 28 years old now!xx

Sunday, 8 January 2023

Paddington Bear

I made this card for my daughter's partner, Jack.  I chose this Paddington stamp, partly because Emily had bought me the stamp, and also because Jack was running the toy museum.  Turns out he loves Paddington Bear and had watched the film on the day before his birthday!  Of course I knew that!

I've coloured him with Copics and just kept the design CAS.  And, I know his name is Paddington but I didn't have a rail ticket stamp with that name!

Got to do my tax return this week, so trying to get a few other jobs out of the way before I get stuck in!  Bleugghhh!


Tuesday, 3 January 2023

'New' Challenge at Passion for Markers

Well it's the new year and time for a new challenge at Passion for Markers after our month long special Christmas challenge!  And, appropriately enough, I've chosen a theme of NEW for this week's challenge.  My 'new' is that the image from our sponsor, The Paper Shelter, is new to me, and also the small rectangular die set from Marianne Designs which is new out this month! (Full list of Marianne goodies below.)

The Paper Shelter are offering three digis to the lucky winner of the challenge so do get crafting!

If you take a look at the makes by my teamies here, you can see just how versatile 'new' can be.  It could be a new item, a new technique, a card for a new baby or new home - endless possibilities.  Just remember to tell us what your 'new' is, and also what type of markers you have used.

The papers I used are Showtime from Graphic 45, the sentiment is from Mama Elephant.  And, as I said deets of Marianne products are below.

Marianne Products used

 Picot Edge Small Rectangle Die - NEW!
Large Distress Edge Rectangle Die - CR1569
Curtain Dies - LR0502
Text Label Dies - CR1605

Happy New Year to you all, and I look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your version of NEW!

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 28 December 2022

Tim Holtz Couple Dies - Xmas card

This is my Christmas card to hubby, again using the Tim Holtz die set (Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 664731).- such a great set and so effective against scenic background papers,

We're still doing Christmas here - still have Holly, Emily and Violet staying over for a few more days.  Em's Jack will also be joining us in the new year for a week or so - and to celebrate Em's birthday!
We've had a great Christmas and hope you did too.xx


Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Passion for Markers Mega Christmas Challenge - use Die Cuts

Hi Folks 

Well it's that time of year - yep, time for our Mega Christmas challenge over at a Passion for Markers The challenge runs for the whole month of December and into the New Year, ending on the 3rd January 2023.  

Our theme for the Mega Christmas challenge is “use die cuts”.  We don't mind what you create for this challenge, as long as you use some die cuts and colour with your markers!  You are welcome to make Christmas creations but as the challenge will still be running after the ‘BIG’ day you can of course make any type of creation.  As time is precious for our DT at this time of year we are limiting the number of entries you can make to just 3 for this month long challenge.  Please remember to be eligible for our prizes you must use your markers such as Promarkers, Copics, Spectrum Noir, Karin, Zig Clean Color etc

My die cuts are from the November release from Marianne Designs, - I love these cute animals carolling around the tree and so great that you can die cut them out to add to your make.  My full list of products used is below.

Marianne Products Used

Tree Die - LR0787 
Musical Notes - LR0785
Singing Animals Stamps and Die Set - EC0196 
Eline's Christmas Carols Sentiment Set - EC0198  

And now for the exciting bit – the prizes!

Dies to Die For are offering 1 lucky winner a £20.00 gift voucher

Dies to Die For logo

Uniko Stamps are offering 1 lucky winner 1 stamp set (must be in stock)


Leann’s World 101 are offering 1 lucky winner 2 digi images

Crafty Sentiments Designs are offering 1 lucky winner 3 digi images

Colour of Love digis are offering 1 lucky winner 3 digi images

All Dressed Up stamps are offering 1 lucky winner 2 digi images

Polkadoodles are offering 1 lucky winner 3 digi images

Di’s Digi Stamps are offering 1 lucky winner a $6.00 voucher

Sheepski Designs are offering 1 lucky winner 3 digi images

As the challenge is a month long, Design Team 1 - check them out here -  are posting their fabulous makes today, and team 2 will follow in a couple of weeks to give you some more inspiration.

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 3 December 2022

A Floral card today!

This is my card for my sister's birthday last week.  I made the background in a great online Eileen Godwin workshop which I haven't yet finished!   More inspiration was taken from the fabulous Chrissy Ballingal on Facebook here - love her style.  Do check out the wonderful creations of these two ladies - I think they create beautiful pieces!

I've used a Visible image stencil and gesso for the background with distress sprays.  I've then added the die cut flowers which are a Honey Bee Cone Flower Die Set.  The sentiment is from a PaperTrey Ink set.

I also made my sister a sunflower throw which I'll share soon!


Friday, 25 November 2022

Lavinia Lupin and Berries

I've been getting inky fingers with these cards using the gorgeous Lupin from Lavinia Stamps and following a tutorial that Tracey from Lavinia posted on social media - showing how to use the new Distress Glaze from Tim Holtz.  It's fabulous!!
I'm always nervous when getting inky fingers and often wonder how to get started so the tutorials are the perfect way to dive in until you grow in confidence with this way of making cards.

It's nice too as you get to do a bit of colouring - I've used Arteza watercolour brushes to colour Lupin here.

Have a great weekend.


Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Passion for Markers Traditional Christmas Colours

Ther's nothing like some lovely traditional Christmas colours at this time of year which is just as well as it is the theme chosen by my lovely teamie Sue for this week's challenge at Passion for Markers. There's also something to be said for a traditional image which this sort of is as a Gingerbread lady - Noel Tannenbaum from our sponsor this week, Colour of Love,

My papers are some Stampin Up pads that I picked up in a charity shop a little while ago - hole in the head springs to mind but I can't resist a bargain!  The Poinsettia and sentiment are both from Marianne Designs - details below.

Christmas Carol Sentiments - EC0198 - New and already a firm favourite!
Poinsettia Die - LR0779 a new this year die set!

As I mentioned, this week's sponsor is the Colour of Love Digi images and they are offering the lucky winner a choice of 2 images from their online store.

You can see how the DT have used their images this week here and then I hope you will come and play along!


Sunday, 20 November 2022

Marianne Designs Gnome Snow Globe

Marianne Products Used

Isn't this snowglobe set lovely!  Marianne Designs have now made a die set and an acetate window to make snowglobe cards!!  I've used one of their Stamp and Die Gnome sets, and an older Igloo and Mountain set which is so cute!!  Full list of Marianne products used below.

Snow Globe Die Set - CR1610 - NEW!
Acetate Globe Window - LR0045 - NEW!
Sentiment - Christmas Carols - EC0198 - NEW!
Papers - Winter Wonderland - PK9181 - NEW!
Gnome Stamp and Die Set - CS1107
Igloo and Mountain Die Set - COL1417

Another one for the box - I've only a few more cards to make for this year!

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 17 November 2022


My card today uses several new or newish Marianne products, listed below.  I do love this Peekaboo Santa Stamp.  Full list of Marianne Products below.

Peekaboo Stamp Set - CS1109 - NEW!
Frame Die - LR0781 - NEW!
Winter Wonderland Papers - PK9181 - NEW!
Bauble Sentiment - LR0682
Stockings - LR0733
Tiny Bows - from Sack Die Set - CR1487
Snowflake - LR0393

Hugs, Juliexx

Monday, 14 November 2022

Marianne Designs Nativity - November release

I loved making this card in a tryptic style - appropriate given the subject.  This new nativity die set from Marianne Designs is fabulous- and I think the stable set may come with but do check if you purchase it. I now have two sets as I had it from when it was originally released so check my facebook page here as I will be doing a little giveaway with this new secomd set!
The card is on the Marianne Inspiration blog here with full details- so pleased with the background sky made with the star mask and gesso, then sprayed with Prized Ribbon Distress Spray.

Full list of Marianne Products below.

Nativity Set – COL1519 - NEW!
Stable Set – COL1328
Christmas Carols Sentiment Stamp Set – EC0198 - NEW!
Starry Night Mask – PS8129

Have a great week!

Tuesday, 8 November 2022

Passion for Markers - Digital challenge

Afternoon bloggers!  Tuesday is post day for the Passion for Markers Challenge with a great theme of Digital Stamps chosen by our lovely Marlene.  Leann's World 101 are our sponsor and the DT were very fortunate to be able to choose one of their digi images to share with you. I've used this gorgeous tree image - 'presents'

I coloured the image with Copics and Promarkers including a gold metallic Promarker for the tinsel and star but it doesn't show up top well on my pic. I've also layered some Marianne Dew Drops over some of the tree baubles to add a bit of dimension and sparkle. List of Marianne Goodies below.

Marianne Products Used

Doiley Die and Tag - LR0764
Frame Die Set - LR0692
Wonky Square Die Set - CR1375
Star Flourish Die Brocante Christmas - PK9191
Enamel Dots - Dew Drops - PL4514

As mentioned, Leann's World 101 are sponsoring this week's challenge and you could win 2 digi images from their fab selection - check out the makes of my PFM teamies here to see some more.

It's been a wet and wild day here in the Lakes, so I've been crafting away and writing up projects - indoors is the best place to be on a day like today!

Hugs, Juliexx

Friday, 4 November 2022

Tim Holtz Christmas Couple Die

I loved this Tim Holtz die set from a couple of years ago but haven't gotten round to using it.  It makes for quite a simple card even though cutting out all the bits and assembling is a bit fiddly.  But I did do a bit of mixing and matching, hence three cards.  I like the completed figures against these grungy Xmas papers from my stash.

I've seen the new Christmas release from Tim this year - love the snowmen and bottle brush tree stamps but I'm sitting on my hands!!

The Die set is this one- Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 664731.

Thanks for popping in!


Monday, 31 October 2022

Frida Kahlo Stamp set

When I saw these new Frida Kahlo stamps and papers - available at Craft Stash here - I knew they would make great cards for some family members who are huge fans of this fascinating artist.  This is the card for my SIL.  I was a bit surprised about the boldness of the paper set I got, but I think I've toned them down here but just allowing glimpses of them through the layers.  I used a mask stencil from Marianne Designs to create the softer inked layer, coloured and hand-cut the flowers from the Frida set.  The little corner stamp on the main image comes with the stamp set so I added some Marianne die cut foliage to mirror the leaves- details of Marinane products used below.

Tags- CR1510
Mask Stencil - PS8119
Leaf Dies - LR0769

Happy Monday peeps!